The weekend kicked off Friday evening with a Bible study by Paul Moody titled, “Steadfast to the End,” which was the theme for the event. Many stayed afterward to catch up with old friends and sing hymns. Sabbath morning opened with a teen/young adult Bible study presented by Rex Sexton and a speakers’ workshop led by Howard Davis.
Services were held after lunch with a sermonette by ABC graduate Derrick Slocum, followed by a sermon from Ben Light. There was a nice ensemble to back up the hymns, and the combined area choir sang a beautiful rendition of “God of Angel Armies.” The rest of the evening consisted of ballroom dance lessons, a family dance (themed “Imperial Gardens”) and a teen dance (themed “Moonlit Forest”), with both dances decorated in stunning fashion.
Seminars were the order of the day on Sunday. Presentations included: “Steadfast to the End” by Bob Dick, “Resumes, Interviews and Careers, Oh My!” by Tanya Winger, “Approval Addiction” by Fred Reeves, “Caregiving; Helping Others Remain Steadfast” by Roc Corbett, “The African Work” by Paul Moody, “The Dispersion of the Apostles” by Rex Sexton and “Youth Corps Projects and Opportunities” by Ben Light.
Sunday evening brought a young adults buffet dinner and a “Minute to Win It” social mixer. Monday included a sports skills clinic followed by volleyball and basketball games for the young and young at heart. The day ended with a game night and pizza hosted by Rex and Patty Sexton. Tuesday wrapped up the event with a group ski outing on beautiful and snowy Mt. Hood.
Many positive comments were shared by those who attended. It truly was an event that helped bind members together as the people of God and was a real spiritual boost during the long winter months. A big thank you to all who participated. See you next year!